One decade coming up in November

In November this year a full decade will have passed since the initial posting on the current site Holy Art Thou, the site was initially started in 2007 as a free WordPress blog, it then went through a lot of change with near all of the content (95% plus) being removed with the registration of this domain and the current sites focus.

During the third year anniversary month (Nov 2011) the site received an awesome review from EC Ballard at the The HedgeMason.

Screen shot Hermesphilus Review Hedge Mason

Where Hermeticism defined the content of the first version of the site, the current focus is predominantly on Hermetica and the bit of hermeticism specific to geomance.

I am considering doing a posting in November which will explain the origin of the name Hermesphilus, its meaning and the reason for the sites level of anonymity.







Nina Paley’s Burning Bush

If you are not already familiar with her work then do yourself a massive favour and go visit Nina’s blog, here is a link Blog.NinaPaley

In the Exodus (YouTube link above) the burning bush is portrayed in a very interesting way (02:00 to 02:40), with numerous eyes.


The Hedge Mason is a fascinating blog by Eoghan Ballard who is a Folklorist and Ethnographer specializing in Afro-Caribbean traditions of Central African origin.

It has been suggested that the burning bush witnessed by Moses in the Old Testament was an Acacia Senegal tree.  This tree is still held sacred in the Middle East, and it is said that anyone who breaks off a twig will die in a year.  It has even been suggested by scholar Benny Shanon, Professor of psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), whose main foci of research  are the phenomenology of human consciousness and the philosophy of psychology, (His publications include The Representational and the Presentational (1993) and The Antipodes of the Mind (2002);  At present, he is working on a book devoted to a general psychological theory of human consciousness) that Moses composed an ayahuasca analog from acacia resin and syrian rue, an MAOI, and that this allowed him to see his visions of Yahweh, the burning bush, and so forth.

Article link The Buried Secrets of Freemasonry: Acacia

Many who have experienced ayahuasca will be familiar with eyes looking back, the artist Alex Grey captures it very well.

Alex Gray EYES

Is it just a coincidence that eyes were used?  Nina, drop me a line pls ;-)


Do plants possess souls?

The finest part of matter is air, of air, soul, of soul, Nous, of Nous, God. CH 6.11

We have known that plants have a respiratory system, in History of Plant Respiration Meirion Thomas tells us of Marcello Malpighi (1628 – 1694) who was an Italian Biologist and who’s theories and experiments in London in 1686 formed the basis of much of the nineteenth century work on respiration in plants. Later discoveries about the composition of air, and about gaseous exchange between plants and the surrounding atmosphere were made in the late 1700’s. Plants do breath.

… therefore nous has taken soul as a cover and the soul, being itself divine, uses breath as fire and the breath governs living things. CH 10.17

…, but all the living (beings) which are endowed with voice have breath and souls, since all that decreases and increases is a living (being). Definitions 4.1

There is a very interesting National Geographic article, Trees Call for Help—And Now Scientists Can Understand by Gabe Popkin regarding plants making noises other than growing sounds of roots and branches. “Trees and plants and the like can, in fact, talk to each othe …” IFLScience have a good read These Incredible Videos Reveal How Plants Send Distress Signals When Under Attack as do the Smithsonian with Do trees talk to each other? Plants have a voice of their own.

CBC Radio blog posting Indigenous stories lead scientist to discover plants can hear refers to a new study by Dr. Monica Gagliano, a research associate professor adjunct in Evolutionary Ecology at the University of Western Australia, who has demonstrated that plants can indeed hear. Plants can sense and move towards moisture in the soil, Dr. Gagliano tested whether they could find water using sound. What she found was that plants will send their roots towards the sound of running water, even a recording of running water. Here are a few CBC Radio hyperlinks for other interesting facts:

Therefore, the movement of the cosmos and of all living material turns out not to arise from that which comes from outside the cosmos but from what is within, which moves outward: from the soul, from the breath of life or from incorporeal being. CH 2.8

The Project Augustine theological blog have a great post Plant Theology: Do Plants Have a Soul? (Plant Neurobiology), what I liked about their experiment was the respect shown to the plants, it appeared that there was no negativity directed at the plants during the recording. Plants can sense their environment and move.

Therefore all is immortal: matter, life, spirit, soul and Nous, from which every living creature has been composed. CH12.18

.. since all that decreases and increases is a living being. DH 4.1

Czech Hermetics

I was introduced to the works of Franz Bardon in 1993 while I house-sat for a leader of a pseudo-hermetic group with claims of European roots.  The clarity and firmness of thought radiates through all Bardon’s work is something that I have only seen surpassed in the Corpus Hermetica and Asclepius.


Mathew Blankenburg, Astrid Haszprunarova, Lukas Louzecky and Vladmir Kvasvicka are behind Czech Hermetics and appear to be doing an amazing job.  Previously unavailable works are being published and a treasure trove of information, documents and photographs are being made available.

Thank you guys!





Geomance, entropy and strings

Higher entropy does not necessarily mean higher disorder, in physics entropy is a measure of the information capacity of a system, the number of bits that it would take to describe its internal state.  This can be determined by counting the number of ways its contents could be arranged. Entropy is a measure of how much information can be packed into an object, the limit on entropy is a limit on information.

Points are regions with the dimensions of 10-33 centimeters, the so-called Planck length that physicists believe are the ”grains” of space. Each of these can be assigned a value of zero or one, like the bits in a computer or the structure of the geomantic figures and charts.

The basic constituents of our universe are not quarks or protons or electrons, but much smaller entities called “strings” or “superstrings”, which vibrate-like violin strings-in multidimensional Hyperspace, and whose vibrations in different resonances are manifested in the elementary particles, the quarks, protons and electrons.

The universe exists in multi-dimensional hyperspace, and is not just the fourth dimensional spacetime with which Einstein made us familiar.  Binary strings and superstrings are the very basis of geomance, the figures and system are themselves fourth dimensional column vectors, tesseracts.

Consciousness could be the result of an optimization of information processing, recently a group of researchers have suggested that human consciousness emerges due to increasing entropy, linking human consciousness to the Universe.  Statistical mechanics of consciousness

All this has got me thinking about random generation again, in a different light.

Ibn Khaldoun and the better type of geomancer

There were and are geomancers who engage with the public providing services, these tend to be fortune telling and magical in nature.  Then there are geomantic practices which involves meditation on specific geomantic combination sequences with the goal of attaining towards Gnosis.  These types of geomancers did not and do not provide services of this nature.  The two different types of geomancy have been practiced for a long period of time.

While Ibn Khaldoun (died Cairo 1406) cautions generally about geomancers (fortune tellers and magicians who interact with the public performing services) he does confess that there are a better type of geomancer, those who ‘attempt to remove [the veil of sense perception] by occupying their senses with the study of combinations of figures‘ so that they ‘may attain intuitive supernatural revelation (kashf) through complete freedom from sense perception’.  Kashf (Arabic: “unveiling”) is a Sufi concept rooted in Gnostic ideals dealing with the knowledge of the heart rather than that of the intellect. In Sufism, an even further revelatory capacity exists by which the Divine mysteries become readily apparent to the seeker through the Light of the Knowledge of God.

He considers the pretense of some geomancers to succeed in perceiving the unknown by applying their minds to the geomantic figures, then abstracting a complete understanding of the human sphere and the spiritual realm. He parallels this with the manner of soothsayers and advises that ‘the truth that you must present to the mind is that the supernatural cannot be revealed by any technique; it cannot be perceived by an elite class of men naturally predisposed to pass from the conscious world into the spiritual. 

Is it fair to consider that Ibn Khaldoun is possibly referring to those geomantic practitioners who provided services to the public, the fortune tellers and magicians?  For him the ability to ‘soothsay’ was god-given, and it did not matter what was used as an aid to stimulate the ability, but anyone who used sand divining without this natural ability was, ‘merely trying to spread the falsehoods to which they are committed’. 

The privately practising geomancer who seeks ‘complete freedom from sense perception’ is more than likely to shy away from the public gaze, focusing on the contemplation of the geomantic figures in specific combinations the divinatory system can be used to ‘reveal’ aspects of the divine, working towards what is a hermetic end, the attainment of Cosmic Consciousness.